Archive Cinema City 2010.

Making Contakt

Making Contakt

Genre: Documentary
Country: Germany
Year: 2010
Duration: 78 min

Director: Richie Hawtin, Ali Demirel, Niamh Guckian

Cast: Richie Hawtin, Marc Houle, Troy Pierce

Programme selection: Burn Planet Rock


Last year, Minus celebrated its ten year anniversary with CONTAKT - a free-flowing, improvisational show involving the label's top DJs and live performers backed up by state of the art visuals. The fly-on-the-wall documentary edited by Niamh Guckian (Totally Wired Movie) superbly documents the journey, offering a unique, behind the scenes look at what makes this crazy, passionate and highly focused group of individuals tick, as they attempt to redefine the conventional clubbing experience.

Interspersed with a running commentary from the artists, friends and backroom staff who made the event possible, it's a warts 'n' all appraisal of the highs, lows, triumphs and near catastrophes that accompanied the tour, revealing exactly what it takes to get a performance of this magnitude on the road and keep the electronic movement pushing forward.

Aptly kicking off amid the shaky foundations of St Andrews Hall in Detroit, where the bass frequencies literally bring the house down, the show moves on through a host of major cities before peaking with an awe-inspiring spectacle in Amsterdam and a memorable finale in Tokyo. Each venue poses a new challenge and the close-up camera style and subtle juxtaposition of images get right to the heart of the matter as the crew battle with a seemingly endless string of problems - whether it's the dimensions of the building, an excommunicated Cube, overheating equipment or self-inflicted software updates.


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